Study with us - undergraduate
We offer degrees in English and English & Creative Writing. Both degrees give you skills in reading, writing and analysis, which can help you build your career
As a student at Strathclyde, you'll enjoy the best of old and new: a grounding in the classics as well as an insight into new fields of literature. Students can graduate with a BA in English, or English and another subject; or with a BA in English and Creative Wiriting, or English and Creative Writing with another subject.
Journalism & Creative Writing is studied as a joint degree with another subject. Studying at Strathclyde, you'll be taught by internationally-recognised writers, academics and experienced journalists.
Study with us - postgraduate
Our graduates include the Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan and former head of the Scottish Arts Council James Boyle.
The MLitt in Interdisciplinary English Studies is a new instructional postgraduate degree in literature, starting in September 2019. Students take a research methods class and five other classes, and write a 15,000 word disssertation. Classes are grouped into three areas: 'culture and interculture', 'the representation of gender and sexuality', and 'history, symbol and representation'. The degree can be taken full time over a year or part time over two years, and some students may be eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan.
Postgraduates in English Studies will be supervised by researchers with international reputations in a range of fields, from Renaissance studies to literary linguistics, diverse national literatures encompassing Scotland and Canada, as well as areas such as war studies and digital humanities.
Academic staff have worked with colleagues in other faculties and at universities in the UK and abroad, have published with leading presses and journals and undertaken major roles with funding bodies and policy-making organisations.
Our areas of research
We can supervise research in many areas including the following:
- 20th and 21st-century popular culture
- Alasdair Gray Studies
- Victorian, Edwardian and Neo-Victorian
- Scottish studies
- Contemporary Scottish literature
- The contemporary novel
- The contemporary short story
- Gender and sexuality
- Animal studies
- Life writing and biography
- Periodical/newspaper culture
- Linguistic and cognitive literary studies
Our students have gone on to success in a wide range of careers. Distinguished graduates include: Guardian war correspondent Audrey Gillan; former BBC director and Scottish Cultural Commissioner James Boyle; screenwriter and creator of TV's River City Stephen Greenhorn; Booker prize-winning novelist James Kelman; Booker nominated writer Andrew O'Hagan; MSP and former culture minister Frank McAveety; TV dramatist and playwright Des Dillon; and journalist and critic Mark Brown.
We have a strong track record in helping students to success in teaching, business, public service, marketing and public relations and many other careers. You can find out more about English and English & Creative Writing and careers and what you can do with an English degree and at the university careers service.